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BWC: Man fires at officers with 2 handguns, wounding 1 before OIS

Moses Lake PD officers attempted to persuade the man that they were not there to hurt him before he emerged from a motel room and fired multiple shots

BWC: Man fires at officers with 2 handguns, wounding 1 before OIS

“I have a body camera that’s recording audio and visually, sir. I don’t want to hurt you…” the officer said. “…I don’t care about your warrants; I care about your safety and my safety.”

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By Joanna Putman
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MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Body camera footage shows a man firing two guns at officers simultaneously, leading to an officer-involved shooting, KIRO reported.

The May 4 incident began when officers responded to calls of a domestic disturbance at a motel, according to the report. Body camera footage released May 11 shows officers knocking at the motel room door, announcing their presence and requesting that the occupants come out with nothing in their hands.

Video shows a woman exiting the room and cooperating with officers while a man stands in the doorway with one arm still inside the apartment. The man questioned officers, saying that he wanted to ensure his safety before exiting the apartment.

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One officer asked the man whether he had a gun, to which the man responded that he had multiple.

“Do you have a gun in your hand?” the officer asked the man.

“Yeah, I do,” the man replied.

The officer then spoke with the man for several minutes, attempting to convince him that he would not be hurt as long as he exited the room without a gun in his hand.

“I have a body camera that’s recording audio and visually, sir. I don’t want to hurt you…” the officer said. “…I don’t care about your warrants; I care about your safety and my safety.”

Eventually, the man retreated back into the room and immediately re-exited, now holding a handgun in each hand, dash camera video shows. He fired a shot at officers from each gun, leading officers to return fire.

He continued to fire multiple shots at officers with both guns until apparently running out of ammunition. After he stopped firing, he turned the corner of a building, after standing still for a few moments, he appeared to pass out, landing in the officers’ line of fire.

One officer was shot in the foot during the exchange of gunfire, according to the report. He is recovering after undergoing surgery.

The suspect was also wounded but was treated at a hospital and released to police custody, according to the report.

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